Emancipation of Slaves in the District of Columbia, 1862-1863

An Act of April 16, 1862 (12 Stat. 376) abolished slavery in the District of Columbia. Under Section 3 of the Act, the President was authorized to appoint a board of three commissioners, who were residents of the District, to examine petitions for compensation from former owners of freed slaves in the District.

An Act of July 12, 1862 (12 Stat. 538), provided that petitions could be received from slaves whose owners had not presented petition for compensation.

Here is a list of the record of petitions filed under the Act of April 16, 1862, dated April 29 - July 15, 1862 showing the date the petition was filed, the number of the petition, name of petitioner, names of slaves, and value of slaves as claimed in the petition.

Final Report of the Board of Commissioners


3101 records found
  (Total records:3101)
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records per page
  DateDocketPetitionersNo. slavesSlavesClaimants ValueAssessors ValueCommissions ValueRemarks
June 12, 1862666Robert Beale2Isaac Gross2000  481.8
June 12, 1862666Robert Beale2Harriet Mason300  43.8
June 12, 1862667Theodore Wheeler3Elizabeth Smith500.00 for all  -----------
June 12, 1862667Theodore Wheeler3Lucy Smith500.00 for all  -----------
June 12, 1862667Theodore Wheeler3Martha Smith500.00 for all  -----------
June 12, 1862668John Gibson1Jane Brooks1000  438
June 12, 1862669Lucy B. Walker13Sillah West300  131.4
June 12, 1862669Lucy B. Walker13Zilphia Hall1000  306.6
June 12, 1862669Lucy B. Walker13Thomas Hall1200  481.8
June 12, 1862669Lucy B. Walker13John Hall1200  657

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